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SBIR/STTR National Conference Message: To Be Effective…Communicate!

December 4th, 2012 | by Lisa Kurek
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The 2012 National SBIR/STTR Conference that was held in Portland, OR, November 13-15 was replete with information about all aspects of the SBIR/STTR program, from SBIR basics for newbies to extended agency overviews and sector specific presentations. The topic that many attendees were most anxious to learn about was progress in the implementation of the various changes to SBIR/STTR as a result of the recent program reauthorization.

Changes resulting from reauthorization are being phased in, with some already in effect and others that will be implemented throughout 2013. Probably the most challenging aspect of reauthorization is that the 11 agencies have a lot of latitude in how, and in some cases if, they adopt many of the various provisions included in the legislation. What does that mean for SBIR/STTR applicants? It means that you MUST refer to upcoming agency-specific solicitations to see what changes will be applied and how! And it means communication with relevant agency personnel can be key to your success in understanding and responding to the various changes as they are released.

Interested in learning more about the details of reauthorization as they were presented at the conference? Would you like to get a heads up on some of the agency-specific changes in the works? Are you aware of the heightened attention to “Fraud, Waste and Abuse” in the SBIR program and why it is so important for every applicant? Do you understand just how important communication with agencies and the SBA can be to the future of SBIR/STTR and your successful participation? These specific questions were addressed in BBC’s recent webinar where Lisa and Becky provided a “Recap of the 2012 National SBIR Conference”. Good news for those of you who missed it – Jayne has a recording of the webinar that we are happy to provide to any of you that are interested. To request a copy please email Jayne at

Take home message?? To be effective with your SBIR/STTR proposals and to help make sure that the SBIR/STTR programs are effectively helping you meet your commercialization goals you need to communicate! Visit BBC’s SBIR/STTR page regularly for updates on solicitation dates. Participate in our webinars and training events. And don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, for advice, and for help with your SBIR/STTR projects and proposals.

Lisa Kurek, Managing Partner, BBCetc

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